Six policemen among nine persons killed in Bihar; Four VHP leaders shot dead in Orissa
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  • Six policemen, two Maoists and a civilian were killed in an exchange of fire after Maoists carried out an attack on policemen on a routine inspection of a branch of the Punjab National Bank in Bihar’s Gaya district on August 21. The Maoists left behind a handwritten leaflet, which stated that their action was undertaken to avenge police atrocities1.

    Meanwhile, five persons, including four Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders, were shot dead by unidentified gunmen suspected to be Maoists at an ashram in Orissa's Kandhmal district on August 23. About 30 armed men struck at the ashram and opened fired resulting in the death of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati and four others2.